Vaccine or no vaccine? Masks or no masks? Become a hermit or figure out how to live with it? Did you know that YOU, and only YOU, are responsible for your health? Act like the adult that you are and take responsibility for your health.
We just had a holiday weekend and there were so many decisions to make, weren’t there? Cake or no cake? Exercise or sit on your butt again? Smoking/vaping or kicking the habit? Alcohol–to use or abstain from? Fried chicken or grilled chicken? Pecan pie or fresh fruit? Meat or no meat? Hot dogs or lean meats? Grilled veggies or fried battered veggies? I mean, who doesn’t like fried pickles?
I could go on and on and on but I am ready to throw down the gauntlet.
It is truly your body, your decision. Not just about the vaccine or the mask. You are literally responsible for your own health so begin acting like it. I don’t care what the topic of the day is but if you are serious about avoiding hospitalization for any reason, you need to begin taking better care of yourself.
There are some people who are doing an amazing job on all fronts when it comes to their health journey. I tip my hat off to you as you have made your health a priority and I know that this takes a dedicated focus on a daily basis.
The majority of us are somewhere on the continuum of this work. I know that many of you have made so much progress and I will continue to be a pest in case you need a nudge. There are some who don’t want to proactive but then want everything done when they finally go in for care. What are you waiting for?
According to the CDC, the medical conditions that are most likely going to put you at risk of severe illness from COVID are the following:
High blood pressure (especially if it is poorly controlled)
Obesity (BMI > 30)
Diabetes (especially if it is poorly controlled)
Smoking/vaping or a history of using tobacco products
Pregnancy or recent pregnancy
Chronic kidney problems
Are any of these on your list of medical conditions? The more conditions that you have, the more at risk you will be for hospitalization, with or without COVID. Don’t wait until it is too late to take responsibility for your health. Reach out to your primary care provider and make an appointment.
We are 19 months into this pandemic so if you haven’t’ begun working on improving your numbers, losing weight or kicking the tobacco/vaping habit, you need to make an action plan.